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The 29th Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People has returned to Belfast for October and November 2018, jam-packed with over 200 events and creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people.  The Academy ‘Into Film’ club and Miss McAtamney were thrilled to attend the award-winning festival, which is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland.  Cinemagic has many well-known and highly successful patrons including Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Dermot O’Leary and Christine Bleakley.

On Monday 8th October, pupils from the Academy ‘Into Film’ Club  were treated to a trip to the Odeon cinema to watch ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as part of the festival.  Pupils were overjoyed to attend a Q&A with Jon Moore after the screening alongside pupils from other NI schools. Jon Moore is a freelance prosthetic makeup artist and concept designer with over 17 years’ experience working in television and film. Projects include: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Huntsman, Fury, Maleficent, Harry Potter, Captain America, WWZ, Doctor Who and Critical. Having completed work on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 as prosthetic makeup artist to Dave Bautista, he has recently worked on Avengers: Infinity War and moved straight onto the final series of Game of Thrones and Maleficent 2. Several pupils from the Academy ‘Into Film’ Club were selected from the audience to ask Jon a question.  It is wonderful that our pupils had the opportunity to ask questions of someone with such wealth of experience from the film and television industry.  The Academy ‘Into Film’ Club greatly enjoyed taking part in this years festival and hope to participate again in future.

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